The purpose of the Permanent Funds Ministry is to provide endowments to expand the mission and ministry of the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church and to assist in capital improvements of church-related property. The PFM is not meant to substitute for annual giving and special giving to meet immediate needs. The monies invested are considered permanent assets of our church and are focused on meeting future needs.
Why contribute to the Permanent Funds Ministry?
- Your personal response to Scripture.
- Ensure the vitality of the church’s missions and ministries.
- Create a Christian legacy for your family and yourself.
June 11, 2017 was Wills Emphasis Sunday for the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. The worship service promoted thinking about including a financial gift to the church in members’ estate planning. One major reason people don’t include their church in their will is because they’ve never been asked to do so.
Under the artistic direction of Dr. Janet Speer, the Proclamation of the Word took the shape of a readers theater. Dr. Speer and her team portrayed former church members looking down from the clouds after their passing. What follows is a video recording starting with Jim Swinkola and a Moment for Stewardship to set the stage, followed by Rev. Feild Russell introducing the skit characters. The 10-minute skit follows with a shifting microphone performance examining how financial choices in the life of deceased members play out among the living.
The Permanent Funds Ministry is offing three gatherings later this summer for members of the church family. As an opportunity for small group fellowship and discussion of the future financial strength of our church, please check your calendar for your availability during one of the following evening dinners:
- August 10, Thursday, at the home of Jim and Ann Swinkola
- August 21, Monday, at the home of Feild and Laura Russell
- September 12, Tuesday, at the home of McNair and Debi Tornow
More information will be made available in July.
Permanent Funds Ministry Leadership:
– Jim Swinkola – Chair
– McNair Tornow – Vice-chair
– Bill Ferguson – Member
The Permanent Funds Ministry exists to inform and educate our members and others of various opportunities for remembering the church and our ministries in one’s estate plans and Will preparation.
Jim, McNair and Bill are available for conversation, questions and answers, personal visits, phone calls, inquiries. Please do not hesitate to contact one of them in order to learn more about this very important ministry.
– Jim: 828-898-3289
– McNair: 828-898-9800
– Bill: 828-494-4650
We are pleased to inform you that we have received 4 gifts to the Permanent Funds Ministry and a total of 10 promises, during the past 12 months.
A deeply meaningful gift from the late Mike and Joan Brown:
Mike and Joan Brown remembered Banner Elk Presbyterian Church.
Mike and Joan worshiped at our church during their summers as residents at the Elk River Club. Mike retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lowe’s Home Centers.
The Browns so loved the ministry and mission commitment exhibited by our church that they wanted it to benefit from their estate plans. Mike died in March of 2014. Joan’s death in early 2016 triggered a May letter from the Presbyterian Foundation. The letter included a $32,145 check to the church, representing 20% of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust. The session has entrusted the investment of this financial blessing to the Permanent Funds Ministry.
We deeply appreciate these acts of faith.
Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation, McNair Tornow, ESQ., and members of the Permanent Funds Ministry and Stewardship and Financial Committee are available at the events to provide information, answer questions and hear any suggestions.